Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) has added his second pole position of the season after the vibrant qualifying session at Le Mans. The Spaniard has imposed Jorge Lorenzo and a surprising Andrea Dovizioso, who has managed to qualify for the first time on the front line on a Ducati.
Marc Márquez has achieved his second pole position of the season in the qualifying session of the Monster Energy GP in France. The Lleida had gone to the ground in the final moments of the previous free run, losing control in Turn 3, an incident that has emerged unscathed. In Q2 he has exhibited his best pace and has signed a spectacular time of 1.33.186, almost half a second below the official record of the circuit.
The fight for pole and the front row has been fierce. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) has chased until the last turn, but a small error in the third sector has finally left him 30 thousandths of Marquez. In the last breath, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has placed his Desmosedici in third position, with a time of 4 tenths of a second behind the leader, confirming the good feelings that the men of the Italian factory had pointed out during the weekend. AND
Dovizioso’s attack has displaced Cal Crutchlow to fourth place. The Englishman suffered a serious setback in the FP4 before qualifying, when he went to the ground in Turn 6. The rollo forced him to pass preventively through the Mobile Clinic, although there it was found that he had escaped only with some bruises that were not they have prevented him from defending his options in Q2. Next to him, the German Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and Dani Pedrosa will start in the second row.
The fastest in the sessions on Friday, the Barcelona Repsol Honda Team) has experienced a hectic qualifying session. He has gone to the ground a few minutes after starting the race against the clock and although he has been able to return to the track to play the last minutes he has not been able to pass from the sixth position.
Álvaro Bautista, who has also been on the ground in the morning session, has managed to place his Honda satellite in seventh position, leading a third line he shares with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Nicky Hayden has completed the top 10 of the standings.
Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró have achieved the first two positions of the Q1 ahead of the pilots of Pramac Racing, Andrea Iannone and Michele Pirro. The success of the Power Electronics duo Aspar has meant that two CRT mounts will enter the repechage for Q2. In that session, the Spanish has qualified in 11th position and the French in the 12th.
Behind the two Italians, Héctor Barberá (Avintia Racing MotoGP) will start from the 15th position. The Valencian has fractured the ring finger in a fall that occurred in the morning session, but will be on the starting grid of the Grand Prix.